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Patent and Inventing Discussion => Patent Questions and Advice => Topic started by: Mariem on March 17, 2021, 09:07:56 AM

Title: Improvement of a patent in force
Post by: Mariem on March 17, 2021, 09:07:56 AM
Can I improve an invention that is currently patented (patent in force)?
For example, I am creating a dating mobile/website app, so I base it on certain features that are currently patented by another dating app. However, I add improvements and changes to these protected features.
Is that legal or would it be considered as an infringement of the patent?
Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: Improvement of a patent in force
Post by: Brad on March 17, 2021, 01:55:06 PM
It is impossible to say without spending a lot of time and money researching their patents and your idea in detail.  Even after spending all that time and money it would still just be a "guess" or estimate on how likely you may be infringing their work.

In general you cannot make or sell a product that is still using a patented process or component even if you think are are improving on it.

*The type of opinion you are looking for is called a "freedom to operate" legal opinion and is not something we provide.  You should really speak with a patent attorney with this type of experience and registered in your area.
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